Mayor of Colchester

This year our Mayor is Councillor Peter Chillingworth and his wife Mrs Ann Chillingworth is Mayoress.


  • The Mayor's Role
  • Donation to the Mayor's Charities
This year our Mayor is Councillor Peter Chillingworth and his wife Mrs Ann Chillingworth is Mayoress.
The Mayor's theme this year is "town and country" and his charities are:-
The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Nick Cope and his wife Mrs Elizabeth Cope is Deputy Mayoress.
The Mayor is a trustee of the Colchester & North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, now changing its name to East Essex Heritage.
He is also a member and past Chairman of the Essex branch of Campaign to Protect the Rural England. 
During his mayoralty he will be Patron of an number of groups/associations, details available on request.

The Mayor's Role

The Mayor sits as non-political chairman of the Council. The mayoralty is customarily awarded to the most senior councillor of one of the political groups, who take it in turn. The nomination is only rarely challenged. He or she serves for a year as Deputy Mayor.
The annual ceremony of the installation of a new Mayor takes place each May, following the Borough Council elections. The Mayor's election takes place at the first meeting of the newly formed Council.
The Council, officers and members of the public gather in the Moot Hall, to welcome the incoming Mayor who takes the oath administered by the Chief Executive.
The Town Serjeant places chains of office on the shoulders of the incoming Mayor and their consort. The new Mayor's speech of acceptance usually indicates a theme for the year, reflected in the choice of charities he or she intends actively to support - although every Mayor responds as far as they are able to invitations received from the many organisations in the Borough. Invitations increase yearly, proof of the high value the office maintains within the community.
The Mayoral Officer maintains the civic diary and regularly circulates the Mayor's engagements to the media.
The Mayor's Parlour is the Town Hall office where the Mayor works, as well as the reception suite for visitors. The Borough regalia is also displayed there, and represents gifts to the town as well as items of the Borough's heritage.

Donation to the Mayor's Charities

Please make cheques payable to 'Grassroots (Mayor's Charity Fund)'. Cash donations are welcome and receipts available on request. Bacs details are also available, a link to donate online will be available shortly.

Address - post
Mayoral Officer
Colchester Borough Council
Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road
Colchester CO3 3WG
or in person at the Town Hall, High Street.
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Contact the Mayor

Fiona Garthwaite, Mayoral Officer
Phone: 01206 282206
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